Take an Alcoholic, Felonious Trip Around the World with a Lost Literary Treasure
New York, New York (PRWEB) June 2, 2009
Dissident Books this summer invites readers to take a felonious and alcoholic trip around the world with ‘Don’t Call Me a Crook! A Scotsman’s Tale of World Travel, Whisky, and Crime’ by Bob Moore. ‘Don’t Call Me a Crook!’ is an overlooked gem of drunken, globetrotting true-crime. Told in sparse and saucy language, it’s a tribute to one man’s triumph over marriage, morals, and sobriety. The new edition of ‘Don’t Call Me a Crook!’ includes an insightful afterword by author James Kelman, winner of the 1994 Man Booker Prize and shortlisted for this year’s Man Booker International Prize.
The 1920s didn’t roar for author Bob Moore: they exploded. Sailing around the world seven times as a marine engineer (among other, less honorable, vocations), the spunky Glaswegian was in the thick of high-society orgies, ship disasters, and pitched battles with bandits on the Yangtze. Cheeky, charming, and larcenous, Moore ‘swiped’ whatever he wanted, drank like a fish, and always kept one step ahead of the cops, Prohibition, and the women he conned. Clearly, he loved life.
To date, only five holders of the original edition have been identified. Just a few seem to have known of the book. Dissident Books fortuitously stumbled upon it at the New York Public Library.
‘Don’t Call Me a Crook!’ hits bookstores as Scotland celebrates the 250th anniversary the birth of its greatest poet, Robert Burns. Moore no doubt would approve. Whether Burns would approve of Moore is another matter.
There’s an intriguing story behind ‘Don’t Call Me a Crook!’ It’s uncertain who Bob Moore was and what became of him after the publication of his autobiography. A woman in Essex, England, reports she’s his granddaughter and that Moore’s son — her father — is still alive.
The new edition also includes an introduction and footnotes by Dissident Books editor Nicholas Towasser.
Advance Praise for ‘Don’t Call Me a Crook!’:
“Self-confessed thief, liar, and gunrunner, Moore is above all things an extraordinary tale-teller with enough ammunition to provide a book brimming with life from a bygone age.”
–Nicholas Griffin, author of ‘Dizzy City’ and ‘The Requiem Shark’
“It’s hard to imagine anybody who could read the first paragraph, much less the first page, of ‘Don’t Call Me a Crook’ and not want to read right on to the end. Bob Moore knows how to get your attention.”
–Bill Crider, author of the Sheriff Dan Rhodes series
“Moore’s book is one of relatively few accounts looking at the Roaring Twenties from the point of view of a Scot who was, if hardly at the bottom of the social order, at least not born with a silver spoon in his gob.”
–The Scotsman (Edinburgh)
“There’s no denying the verve and momentum of Moore’s storytelling . . . Bob Moore isn’t one to be admired, but he likely wouldn’t have known what to do with admiration, what with the next port of call on the horizon.”
–Sarah Weinman (Confessions of an Idiosyncratic Mind blog)
‘Don’t Call Me a Crook!’ appeals to readers interested in:
*True crime, hardboiled fiction, and noir
*Scotland and Scots
*Ships and sea literature
*Booze writing (e.g., Charles Bukowski)
After nearly three-quarters of a century of hibernation, ‘Don’t Call Me a Crook!’ is a book whose time has come. We predict it’ll be celebrated as a masterpiece of autobiography, travel literature, and inebriated true crime.
Bob Moore is a mystery…literately. What became of him after the original publication of ‘Don’t Call Me a Crook!’ is uncertain.
James Kelman won the Booker Prize in 1994 for ‘How late it was, how late.’ His latest novel, Kieron Smith, boy,’ was released in 2008. He has been shortlisted for the Man Booker International Prize 2009.
Nicholas Towasser is editor and publisher of Dissident Books.
For more information and review copies of ‘Don’t Call Me a Crook! A Scotsman’s Tale of World Travel, Whisky, and Crime’ please contact Nicholas Towasser at (646) 422-3100 or visit http://www.dissidentbooks.com
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